Archive for September 7, 2012

Artist of the moment…..African- American Expressionist Bob Thompson…

Mediums used by the artist include gouache, oils, pastels, crayon, ink, oil, pencil, and ink.

A short clip showing works of the artist. Very good selection of paintings here.

Sadly, this artist passed away just after his twenty ninth birthday while he was in Rome. The art world was certainly robbed of a prodigy, I find his work similar to another well known African American artist, Basquiat. Both painted the figure, I would say Thompson painted more a likeness and Basquiat was more about expressing himself and his views.



When comparing Expressionist works of any kind I first look at the color. Many times I get the feeling that Basquiat had so many feelings going on, he chose not to concentrate on one emotion, but rather jumbled them into singular canvases. With Thompson, the viewer gets to see large bright and bold canvases exploding with color.
I get the feeling of warmth and togetherness just from his arrangement of color and compositional style. In using colorful, flat shapes of color his method of painting is similar to that of Paul Gauguin, the French master.


When you compare the bios of Basquiat and Bob Thompson you notice that both died before reaching thirty years of age. I always think to myself what if they had another 3 to 5 years to develop their skills fully.

Bob Thompson was born Robert Louis Thompson in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937. When he was only thirteen years old his father was killed in an automobile accident. Thompson then lived with relatives who got him interested in the fine arts as well as jazz music.

The artist started college at Boston University where he was a pre-med student. Giving up on pre-med, Thompson moved  to the University of Louisville where he studied art under Expressionist Ulfert Wilke.

Thompson moved to New York City in 1958 and became a fixture at the hottest jazz clubs and befriended many popular musicians. He also did some performance art.

In 1960 he was given his first solo show at the Delancy Street Museum. Also in 1960 the artist married. He then moved to Europe in 1961. The artist was a heroin addict and thought he might be better off in Europe. The couple lived in London, Paris, and Spain. Whilst in Spain they settled down in Ibiza.

After a gall bladder surgery the artist died of a heroin overdose in 1966. .  Basquiat also died of a heroin overdose at only twenty seven years of age nearly two decades later.

The artist was very prolific, producing more than 1,000 works of art over an eight year career. This artist was one of few African American artists to be on the national art stage during the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s by people of color.

High priced range: Oils and gouache studies of his large works including people for $100,000 for the oils and $75,000 for the gouache.

Low priced range: Works done in ink and lithographs between three and five thousand dollars.


Artist of the moment…..Anthony Klitz…..

The artist is my favorite for when it comes to capturing the essence of a city. He specialized in painting London, England. Its quite refreshing to see an Impressionistic style rather than the photorealism that seems to dominate the London landscape scene.

The artist was born in 1917 in Southport. He attended Cheltenham Art College for art and was also interested in architecture.

He worked mainly with oils on canvas and was very prolific as an artist.

For his Impressionistic style I found it interesting that he relied on very little colour, he used a very muted palette.  The residents of London say their city has a very particular pearl like lighting, which is captured perfectly by Klitz.

When it comes to landscapes and galleries or musuems, I find that people are most drawn to what they see or think they can see from across the room. The best aspect of Edward Hoppers work is that you can tell what the subject matter is from clear across the room. With this artist’s work I can tell from looking at the thumbnail what the subject matter is, for example Piccadily Circus. It easy for the image to connect to the viewer.

Other artists who work in a similar manner sometimes using only black and white in making their landscapes would be Robert Kipniss and Steve  Graber.

The artist took part in World War II. He served from 1939 to 1945. After the war he came to London in 1950.  The artist came to study under Australian artist Hayward Veal, it was during this time when he developed his own style of landscape painting.

Of all the landscapes I have seen of London the works by Anthony Klitz impress the most as they leave so much up to the viewer. He is the perfect balance of not saying too much, but rather just making a simple artistic statement.

Low price range:  Many oils available from a few hundred dollars.

High price range: Larger sized landscapes for $4,000.

The artist passed away in 2000 while in Dublin.


Artist of the moment……Kiyoshi Nakagami…..

Here is brief clip from a show featuring the artist.

Nakagami was born in Shizuka, Japan in the year 1949.

He uses various mediums besides oil and acrylic paint such as sand and mineral pigments and chinese ink.

At the moment the artist lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.

On line and land based gallery: Galerie Richard in New York City, New York and Paris, France.

Had his first exhibition in 1971.

In most cases he doesn’t title his paintings, he is after a sense of emotion and finds it easier for the viewer to relate to the paintings if they are untitled.

With the paintings of his style, Eastern in origin, he is trying to capture a sense of atmosphere. The emphasis isn’t with drawing a line or recreating a house, its with the process and the pigments and inks that are used. His clouds are amazing and full of movement. I get a real sense of atmosphere when looking at his works. As we now have a robot on Mars, his paitings take me to imaginery or far off worlds. His process of making art is very abstract and real at the same time.

I wasn’t able to find a complete biography on the artist but I sure enjoy his art!